Well the Premier League managerial merry-go-round is in full swing once again. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers looks set for another turn, while Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini looks to have got on the ride the wrong way!
It looks like Spanish boss Quique Flores is set to jump on the fun ride that is the Premier League.
The Spanish boss looks set to sign a two-year deal with the Hornets, replacing Slavisa Jokanovic, who seems to be demanding a refund. (Right that should be enough of the merry-go-round references!).
The 50-year-old Spaniard’s biggest claim to fame was helping Atletico Madrid win the Europa League in 2010 against Fulham. He has also managed Benfica and Middle East outfits Al Ahli and Al Ain.
There is not much in his CV to suggest that Flores is the right man to keep the Hornets in the top-flight though. Jokanovic was their fourth boss of last season, having been appointed in October. The former-Chelsea midfielder help the club from Hertfordshire win promotion to the Premier League, yet still looks set for the exit door.
Jokanovic’s contract only runs to the end of June and he is believed to have been offered a deal worth around a £1million a season, plus another £1million in performance related bonus fees. That deal sounds reasonable for a boss who has no Premier League experience.
However, it seems the Serbian wanted around £2.5million, which would likely elevate him above a lot of bosses who already have top-flight experience. Watford did not want to break their wage structure, so have looked elsewhere.
One boss who just did not get enough of the Premier League is Dutchman Dick Advocaat, who has decided to return to Sunderland after initially turning down a three-year deal with the Black Cats.
The 67-year-old has now decided to sign a 12 month deal with the north east club. The veteran boss was the Black Cats perennial white knight as he rode into town (not Toon) in March and saved the club from dropping down into the Championship.
How well he does depends on how much Sunderland owner Ellis Short is willing to spend this summer in the transfer market, as the US businessman seems to have deep pockets, but short arms.
More quality needs to be added to the Black Cats squad this summer if they are to avoid their annual flirtation with the Championship.
Return Part Two
Have brolly will travel must be Steve McClaren’s mantra. That brolly has been to German, Holland and it could be returning to the north east in the near future at Newcastle.
The 54-year-old was sacked at the end of the season by Championship side Derby, after the Rams promotion push fell apart with Newcastle eying up the former-Middlesbrough boss.
McClaren has enjoyed mixed success in his managerial career so far. He guided Boro to their first ever piece of silverware and a seventh place finish in the Premier League. The side from the north east also made it to the UEFA Cup final under McClaren, where they were beaten by Sevilla.
His performance with Middlesbrough earned him the England national team job. The less said about his spell in charge of the Three Lions the better.
His biggest success so far in his managerial career came at Dutch outfit FC Twente, with whom he won the Eredivisie in his first spell at the club. That led to an ill-fated spell in charge of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, which lasted just less than a year.
A spell at Nottingham Forest and a second spell at FC Twente did not quite work out. He did enjoy better luck at Derby helping the Rams to the play-off final and then a failed promotion bid last season.
It seems that McClaren is now the favourite to become Newcastle boss at odds of 1/12. I hope he has his brolly handy, because he could be in for a stormy time on Tyneside.
These changes are unlikely to be the last made in the Premier League before the new season kicks-off in August. There could still be some major changes prior to the beginning of the new season, which could have a major effect on league positions next season.
Will the newly appointed Premier League bosses be successful?